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    SubjectRe: SMP scalability: 8 -> 32 CPUs
    Hi,

    On Sun, 29 Nov 1998 16:45:17 -0500 (GMT), ramak@wipinfo.soft.net
    (Ramakrishna K) said:

    > Also just a general question from curiosity perspective, is the
    > performance of a cluster of these boxes better than a say 1024
    > way SMP box. This is assuming we are able to scale it to say 1024
    > CPUs. This is vis-a-vis compared to a cluster involving SMP boxes
    > ( totally adding upto 1024 CPU's ).

    You simply cannot answer a question like that! Let me restate your
    question:

    "Let's assume that we invent some mechanism for binding 1024
    cpus into a single box. I know it doesn't exist yet, but how
    fast will it be?"

    Binding that many CPUs together is hard! You tell me how you plan to do
    it, and _then_ I'll tell you whether clustering is faster. :)

    --Stephen



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